Artemi Panarin cashes in on large contract bonus with Blackhawks

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Artemi Panarin might want to call his grandpa, because he has good news to share.

After finishing the 2016-17 campaign tied for 10th among forwards with 74 points, the 25-year-old Russian winger officially cashed in on his Schedule B $1.725 million bonus for the second straight year. He scored a goal in the Blackhawks' regular-season finale to push himself into the top-10.

In addition to the Schedule B bonus, Panarin also hit all of his Schedule A bonuses worth a total of $850,000. He earned $212,500 each by recording at least 20 goals, 35 assists, 60 points and finishing in the top-six among Blackhawks forwards in ice time.

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In total, Panarin collected $2.575 million in bonuses this season. That number will count against the salary cap next season, when his two-year, $12 million kicks in as well.

It's a hefty price to pay for the cap-strapped Blackhawks, but given Panarin's contributions over the last two years on an entry-level deal that had a base salary of $812,500, he's been worth every cent.

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